Charles R. Bentley

Charles Raymond Bentley (December 23, 1929 – August 19, 2017) was an American glaciologist and geophysicist, born in Rochester, New York. He was a professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Mount Bentley and the Bentley Subglacial Trench in Antarctica are named after him.[1] In 1957, he and a handful of other scientists including Mario Giovinetto set out on an expedition across West Antarctica in tracked vehicles to make the first measurements of the ice sheet.[2][3]

Bentley in Antarctica in 1964

He was awarded the Seligman Crystal by the International Glaciological Society in 1990.[4] He died on August 19, 2017 at the age of 87 in Oakland, California.[5]


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